2018 NFC South NFL Odds & Picks

2018 NFC South NFL Odds & Picks

Written by on August 3, 2018

Last NFL Season, no division produced as many playoff teams as the NFC South. The New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and Atlanta Falcons all made the playoffs. The Saints came out on top in the division last season. Could the same thing happen this season? Let’s check the NFL betting odds to win the NFC South in 2018 while making some predictions.

2018 NFC South NFL Odds & Picks

  • Founded: 2002
  • Most Recent Champion: New Orleans Saints
  • Most NFC South titles: Carolina Panthers (5)

NFL Betting Favorite

  • New Orleans Saints +150 / Atlanta Falcons +150
The Saints and Falcons have garnered the most attention to win the contentious NFC South Division. New Orleans projects to have one of the best rushing attacks, if not the best, in the NFL. The Saints’ defense should also be very good. Atlanta will improve on offense. Last season, QB Matt Ryan and new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian weren’t always on the same page. This season, the two should be on the same page from Week 1. If Atlanta’s defense has improved, they’ll be tough to beat. The NFC South is ultra-contentious, though. It makes sense to look at the other two teams offering better odds to win the division.

Smart NFL Betting Pick

  • Carolina Panthers +220
What’s wrong with the Carolina Panthers? The Panthers battled the Saints tough in the NFC Playoffs after securing a wildcard berth. QB Cam Newton is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL. Carolina’s defense should be as good as it normally is. The real key is if middle linebacker Luke Kuechly can stay healthy. If Luke can stay healthy, the Panthers will boast one of the better defenses in the league. Carolina decided to give Cam plenty of wide receiving weapons. The Panthers selected speedy WR DJ Moore in the 2018 NFL Draft. They also signed veteran WR Torrey Smith. Both will help Newton in the passing game. One final thing to mention is that Greg Olsen was hurt for most of last season. If Olsen is healthy throughout the entire season, the Panthers could be very difficult to beat.

NFL Betting Longshot

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +580
Tampa Bay projects to be the worst team in the NFC South. That might not turn out to be the case, though. Tampa looks to have improved big time on defense. They drafted defensive tackle Vita Vea with pick 12 in Round 1. Vea will stop the rush. He’s good enough to pressure quarterbacks from the defensive tackle position. That’s going to help Tampa’s underrated secondary. Jameis Winston and the Bucs come in as the NFL Betting underdogs to win the NFC South in 2018. On offense, QB Jameis Winston should improve with RB Ronald Jones II in the fold. Jones II was the highest ranked running back coming out of high school. He’s a huge step up from Doug Martin. Everything could line up perfectly for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.

Last 10 NFC South Champions

  • 2017: New Orleans Saints
  • 2016: Atlanta Falcons
  • 2015: Carolina Panthers
  • 2014: Carolina Panthers
  • 2013: Carolina Panthers
  • 2012: Atlanta Falcons
  • 2011: New Orleans Saints
  • 2010: Atlanta Falcons
  • 2009: New Orleans Saints
  • 2008: Carolina Panthers
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